Here’s a super-update to make up for the last three weeks.
Wayne’s World (1992)
Warm, low-stakes, human, and honestly very sweet.
Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
And then money and a rushed script drain everything from it, although there are good character moments and lines. (“Take me now, Garth.” “Take you where? I’m low on gas and you need a jacket.”) BOO.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
Charmingly and unaggressively weird; I imagine this played well for me because I don’t watch many mockumentaries, so it still feels fresh.
Marina and the Diamonds, Family Jewels
Simplistic but sumptuous brat pop, which I luckily love. “Shampain” is pure glory.
Sailor Moon, “Rubeus the Heartless: The Tragic Sisters”
Chibi-Usa discovers that Usagi is Sailor Moon; the Spectre Sisters are finally freed. Through the power of sisterhood and friendship.
Sailor Moon, “A UFO Appears: The Sailor Guardians Abducted”
Ah, Esmeraude, my new favorite villain.
Sailor Moon, “Defeat Rubeus: The Battle in Space”
I remember hearing about those crosses getting edited out. Oh, late nineties Internet.
Sailor Moon, “The Mysterious New Guardian: Sailor Pluto Appears”
Chibi-Usa’s mom is so obviously Usagi, although people do appear to be hairblind in the world of Sailor Moon.
Sailor Moon, “Magic of Darkness: Esmeraude's Invasion”
While it’s usually played for cruel humor, I do appreciate it whenever Usagi’s appetite is brought up. She glories in it! And so does Esermaude, who is exactly the kind of petty I like in a villain. Delicious.
Saturday Night Live, “Blake Shelton”
An affable dude.
Saturday Night Live, “Elliott Gould/Leon Redbone, Harlan Collins & Joyce Everson”
“The Last Voyage of the Starship Enterprise” is one meta trip. Although I think Laraine would have given better Spock than Chevy.
Saturday Night Live, “Louise Lasser/Preservation Hall Jazz Band”
This is an incredibly uncomfortable watch.
Saturday Night Live, “Kris Kristofferson/Rita Coolidge”
“Police State” is actually a very interestingly black comedy sketch. And the fake credits are ahead of their time—I wonder how many people caught the glory of “SHEP GREMLIN”?
Saturday Night Live, “Lily Tomlin/James Taylor”
“We Asked Judith Beasley” is a lot of fun, especially anchored by one of Dan Ackroyd’s bonkers salesmen.
Saturday Night Live, “Norman Lear/Boz Scaggs”
An episode with the bare minimum of Chevy Chase? I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, where Jane Curtin is the Weekend Update anchor and nothing hurts…
Saturday Night Live, “SNL40”
Enough nostalgia and remarkably gorgeously edited montages to choke a horse, and just a little bit of that weird, strange Saturday Night Live magic. It’s best expressed through a Weekend Update segment that features Tina, Amy, and Jane (!!!) sharing the desk while funny ladies Emma Stone and Melissa McCarthy do Radner and Farley. (As well as the latest chapter in the Stefon saga, where we discover that Seth is an alcoholic and they have two kids now. IT’S THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING.) Or in the digital short, which gently ribs everyone for breaking but also remembers that it’s a reminder of how much they love each other. Awww.
Sailor Moon: 7.7% (1/13)
Saturday Night Live: 17.5% (7/40)
Star Trek: 32.5% (13/40)